car·​bo·​nara | \ ˌkär-bə-ˈnär-ə \

Definition of carbonara

: a dish of hot pasta into which other ingredients (such as eggs, bacon or ham, and grated cheese) have been mixed often used as a postpositive modifier spaghetti carbonara

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The red cabbage crab cakes, Gouda cheese pretzels, fried green tomato BLT, crawfish carbonara, Nashville Hot Chicken, and chicken and waffles are all on point. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Places for Hot Chicken in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Offerings range from classics like chicken milanese and bucatini carbonara, to fun new combinations like farro risotto and roasted shrimp with ajo blanco sauce. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Further evidence that Nick is a monster: who leaves a perfectly good bowl of delicious carbonara to go cold? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Episode 9 Brings Resistance In Many Forms," 9 June 2017 Some brussels sprouts recipes will instruct you to remove the outer leaves to use in your food, like this brussels sprouts carbonara from Bon Appétit. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Easiest Ways to Prep a Bunch of Brussels Sprouts at Once," 25 Oct. 2018 Another dish Italians get up in arms about is carbonara, a Roman meal traditionally made with egg, Pecorino, guanciale, and pepper. Carla Ciccone, Bon Appetit, "The “Italians Mad at Food” Twitter Account Is Too Real to My Life," 7 May 2018 The bigoli alla carbonara ($22) includes ramps, morel mushrooms and guanciale. Michael Bauer,, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Pizza varieties include carbonara, wild mushroom, shrimp and pesto, Margherita and sausage. Pam Kragen,, "New 7 Mile restaurant part of Sheraton revamp in Carlsbad," 14 June 2018 Lately, dishes have leaned more familiar: meatballs in tomato sauce, spaghetti alla carbonara, double cheeseburgers. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Fountain Square restaurant Pioneer stops serving food," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of carbonara

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carbonara

Italian dialect (alla) carbonara, literally, in the manner of a charcoal maker

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